Internships, Master and Bachelor theses
If the examination regulations of your study course provide for internships or if you would like to write your bachelor/master thesis outside your university, you are very welcome at the ICWRGC!
Send in your application to along with:
- Curriculum vitae (incl. date of birth, language and computer skills),
- copies of certificates,
- short letter of motivation,
- copy of the examination regulations,
- thematic interests and
- desired dates and duration of your stay with us.
Please note that we receive many applications. The earlier you send in your application, e.g. from one year to the next, the higher your chances of being approved.
We look forward to receiving your application
Workshop on “Risk-based Hydrologic Engineering Design Standards: Adapting Hydrologic Engineering, Planning and Evaluation Procedures for Infrastructure Design under Climate Uncertainty”
Koblenz, 24–25 April 2017
The ICWRGC, in cooperation with the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management, the International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management and the WMO, have organized and hosted this workshop. The main objectives were to discuss and propose practical solutions for adapting existing risk-based approaches to hydrologic planning, and select the most risk-cost effective option for a particular water resources management issue with consideration of all relevant uncertainties including future climate.
11th “International German Summer School on Hydrology (IGSH 2017) – Groundwater and Energy”
Bochum, 06 – 20 September 2017
The International German Summer School on Hydrology, held at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), every year trains international junior scientists and early professionals from the fields of water and the environment, engineering sciences, as well as geography, hydrology, chemistry, etc. In 2017, 18 participants from 12 different countries were selected out of over 200 applicants. The courses covered topics such as: hydrogeology and groundwater monitoring, geothermal energy, subsurface energy storage, applications of isotopes in hydrogeology, GIS applications in hydrogeology, hydrogeochemical modelling, mining and acid mine drainage, energy and climate change.
See more details in the report
EO: Water Quality Monitoring – 2017
Advanced techniques for monitoring water quality using Earth Observation
The GEO Water Quality Initiative AquaWatch aims at developing international operational water quality information systems based on Earth Observation with a focus on the developing world.
As part of its outreach activities, AquaWatch has compiled a publication with information and examples about water quality issues and available water quality monitoring methods to inform parties involved in water resource management, policy and sustainable development.
The ICWRGC is actively contributing to several AquaWatch working groups and has supported the design, production and printing of the booklet.Download (PDF, 2017, 84 pp, 15MB)
Supporting risk assessment and adaptation at multiple spatial scales: Co-development of methods to utilize uncertain multi-model based information on freshwater-related hazards of climate change (CO-MICC)
Projections on climate change and its impacts are subject to substantial variance. Therefore, using multi-model ensembles is state of the art in quantifying potential future changes of variables relevant for assessing climate change risks. Such ensembles have been generated in the course of work implemented during the initiative “Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project”, using a number of climate models as input for various global hydrological models. The objective of this project is developing methods for providing and using data of a multimodel ensemble on freshwater-related hazards of climate change, suitable for assessing risks and adaptive measures at various spatial scales. Another goal is providing suitable data for different categories of end users, with a focus on the representation of uncertainties. To this end, PUNI (Providing and Utilizing eNsemble Information) methods are participatorily developed in the project, to optimally characterize and handle uncertainties of future hazards. The outcome of the overall project is 1) a manual on the co-developed PUNI-methods, and 2) a web portal with ICWRGC, providing global-scale multi-model ensembles of hydrological variables and derived products to the public.
Workshop “Assessment and Management of Indirect Potable Reuse”
Koblenz, 5–8 March 2018
Indirect potable reuse (IPR) provides options to maintain sufficient water quantities for communities in the future and is crucial to achieving the sustainable development goals of the UN 2030 agenda. The application of IPR technologies is still limited by a perceived higher risk and regulatory constraints. The objective of the workshop is to review innovations in regulation, treatment and assessment techniques as well as management options in the field of IPR, as well as the direction of future developments.
Summer School „Plastics in Marine and Freshwater Environments“
Koblenz, 16 – 21 July 2017
In cooperation with the International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (ICWRGC), the Danube International Centre for Advanced Studies for River-Delta-Sea Systems Research Infrastructure (DANUBIUS-RI), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the UNESCO-IHP International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ), and in close collaboration with the UNESCO offices in Abuja, Jakarta and Venice, the Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) organizes a Summer School dealing with “Plastics in Marine and Freshwater Environments”. The one-week Summer School will be held from 16 to 21 July 2017 at the Federal Institute of Hydrology in Koblenz.
The Summer School’s main objective is to impart knowledge on the current state of plastics research as well as on measures and management options concerning plastics in salt and freshwater systems. Moreover, a worldwide network of plastics scientists and experts is planned to be established, serving as a forum for discussions on (country-specific) conditions, challenges, preventive actions and potential solutions. At the same time, this lays the foundations for possible future cooperation. Moreover, the UNESCO Centre considers the Summer School a substantial German contribution to the International Initiative on Water Quality of the IHP of UNESCO.
Provocative Hypotheses on the interactions of climate change and water resources
Koppelsberg, 13 – 19 August 2017
The ICWRGC coordinates a working group during the summer academy of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation), “Koppelsberg 2”, from 13 to 19 August 2017. The working group is titled „Provocative Hypotheses on the interactions of climate change and water resources “.
The group’s main objective is to learn to provoke analytical shocks, to think unconventionally, look over the rim of a tea cup, contradict hypotheses and defend ideas by means of reflecting, researching and discussing. 19 scholars from various disciplines get together and deal with issues such as CO2-fertilizing effect, paleoclimatology and the Water-Food-Energy Nexus.
Water Diplomacy – 2017
Water Diplomacy – what is it?
‘Water diplomacy’, or ‘hydro diplomacy’, has become a popular buzzword, used by foreign ministries, think tanks, and journalists alike. Its usage has been accompanied by the growing prominence of water-related risks. Since 2011, when flooding was placed on the World Economic Forum’s top 5 risks in terms of likelihood or impact, water-related crises have been on the list each year. Although most uses of the phrase water diplomacy are ambiguous, so what is it exactly?